Clare community celebrates after being crowned Most Active Town in Suffolk at awards ceremony
Clare has been crowned the Most Active Town in Suffolk at an awards evening organised by Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Association of Local Councils.
The awards recognise and celebrate communities in Suffolk that are going the extra mile to encourage people to be active.
The judges stated they were impressed with the range of activities in Clare, particularly for providing opportunities for people who would not normally engage in physical exercise.
Clare Walkers community group chairman Derek Blake, who co-ordinated the town’s bid for the award, said: “There is so much going on in the town, the biggest challenge was how to capture it all within the 500-word allowance.”
Mr Blake was joined at the ceremony by Geoffrey Bray, chairman of Clare Castle Country Park Trustees, Clare parkrun organiser Sarah Bevan, walk leaders Peter and Val Phillips and town councillor Davina Neale.
Much of the green space maintenance in Clare Castle Country Park is now undertaken by volunteers and the park hosts a parkrun, bowls club, boot camp, health walks and Nordic walking classes.
A year ago, new play equipment was installed for children, doubling the size of the play area.
The park is also implementing a major Heritage Lottery Fund project that includes further activities.
The walkers group has created six circular walks, introduced a monthly programme of events and participated in the Suffolk Walking Festival.
This led to Clare gaining ‘Walkers are Welcome’ accreditation last October.
Paul Bishop, chairman of Clare Town Council, said: “I am delighted that Clare has received this award, which is a tribute to the hard work of so many people across the town, in providing such an amazing range of things for people to do.”